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Who We Are

Our Mission

At the core of our mission, B’nai Or of Boston is dedicated to renewing Jewish tradition through meaningful study, engaged spiritual practice, and responsible social action. We are a diverse spiritual community that engages with Sacredness in a variety of ways: prayer, meditation, and theological inquiry. We accept every individual’s comfort zone in connecting with the concept of Divinity. Whether one believes (or not) in the God of Torah, The Holy One Blessed Be He/She, or Shechinah -- we all engage in sacred time and space together. 

 

As a community, B’nai Or is committed to: 

  • Providing a spiritual home for individuals, couples, and families searching for participation in Jewish community by creating meaningful experiences that connect us deeply to God, to ourselves, and to one another 

  • Building a thriving Jewish community through varied approaches to prayer, learning, and social action engagement

  • Encouraging active involvement in meaningful ritual, educational, and community activities

  • Recognizing that our lives are enriched by sharing sacred celebrations of Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and life-cycle events in our homes and in our communities

  • Engaging in the study of Torah and Jewish history because they empower us by building an intellectual and spiritual foundation for responding to the challenges of our time

  • Making a difference in the world through Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and active involvement in current social justice issues

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All seekers are welcome to participate in our community. Women and men are fully involved in every aspect of our communal life. The B'nai Or membership embraces a wide diversity of lifestyles and family configurations. Many who wish to return to their spiritual roots find us to be a comfortable place for exploration and deepening. 

 

  • Assuming, collectively, a responsibility to ensure that every person is valued and treated with respect by being inclusive and welcoming to people with diverse life experiences without regard to their ability to contribute financially

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